Vice President, Diverse Markets and Business Development OfficerCompany: Bank of the West
Role: Session Presenter
2021 Conference Session:
Allies for Equity: Championing Solidarity Among the Asian and Black Communities in the Workplace
Delphine Pruitt is vice president of Diverse Markets and Business Development officer at Bank of the West where she is responsible for designing multicultural and community lending strategies for Southern California and Nevada markets. Delphine is also chair of the Southern California African American Resource Group at Bank of the West.
Prior to Bank of the West, Delphine was principle of Connect The Dots Consultants, a consulting firm that partnered with mission-driven organizations to accelerate their equity and inclusion journey. As a leader in multiculturalism, she ensures equity is a priority in the development of programs and policies. Delphine’s leadership in multiculturalism has transformed organizations, strengthened client engagements, and generated millions in new revenue.
She served with U.S. Congresswoman Maxine Waters as part of a humanitarian delegation to Cuba to improve cultural understanding and business relations. After spending nearly two decades of successfully executing diversity and affordable lending strategies for customers generating more than $60 billion annually in mortgages with Fannie Mae, Delphine embarked upon her entrepreneurial journey to further advance inclusive strategies.
Prior to Fannie Mae, she laid the earlier foundation of her success as a Warren Weaver Fellow with the Rockefeller Foundation where she implemented a $100 million National Community Development Initiative (NCDI) and advanced dialogues on race.
Certified in the Intercultural Development Inventory® (IDI®), Delphine is ranked among 2 percent of the population assessed at the highest level of competency for those completing the IDI tool and is frequently called upon to speak at conferences. Her thought leadership has advanced racial and economic equity with private, philanthropic and nonprofit sectors across the country.
Ms. Pruitt has received awards for her tireless efforts in transforming organizations and bridging cultural gaps. Her efforts continue to have a positive and lasting impact on organizations and communities she serves.